A handful of Chicago-area law firms scored the biggest loans — between $5 million and $10 million — from the federal Paycheck Protection Program, and a majority of large loans to Prairie State law offices went to those headquartered in Chicago.
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PPP Loans For Ill. Firms Stayed Mostly In Chicago

A handful of Chicago-area law firms scored the biggest loans — between $5 million and $10 million — from the federal Paycheck Protection Program, and a majority of large loans to Prairie State law offices went to those headquartered in Chicago.

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Justices Widen Scope Of Birth Control Coverage Exemption

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 on Wednesday that employers can exclude birth control from their health care plans if they oppose contraception on moral or religious grounds, upholding Trump administration rules that made it easier to skirt the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate.

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Southwest Supervisor Looks To Escape OT Arbitration Order

A Southwest Airlines ramp supervisor told the Seventh Circuit during oral argument Wednesday her cargo loading duties exempt her from dispute resolution under the Federal Arbitration Act and asked the court to reverse an order that she arbitrate her claim for unpaid overtime.

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POLICY & REGULATION

FCC Approves Final Tranche Of Telehealth Expansion Funds

The Federal Communications Commission signed off on 25 funding applications for federal telehealth funding on Wednesday, allocating the remaining dollars of a $200 million set-aside from Congress to fund the expansion of remote medical care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

Real Estate Rumors: GEMS, Edith Stevenson, Chicago Church

GEMS World Academy is reportedly hoping to sell and lease back two Chicago properties, an entity affiliated with investor Edith Stevenson has reportedly sold a Florida cafe for $12.5 million, and a former Chicago church is said to be back on the market for $2.4 million following two failed attempts to convert the property to residential use.

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LITIGATION

PF Chang's Servers Win Cert. In Suit Over Untipped Wages

P.F. Chang's servers who claimed they were shortchanged wages for untipped tasks won conditional certification of their collective action Wednesday as a Pennsylvania federal judge found they met the burden of making a "modest factual showing" that the restaurant's policy hurt their paychecks.

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PayPal Urges Arbitration Approval To End Charity Class Suit

PayPal Inc. asked an Illinois federal judge Wednesday to enter judgment on an arbitrator's award in its favor to end a proposed class action challenging the way the company distributes charitable donations.

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Nielsen Wants Byron Allen Studio's $30M Contract Suit Axed

Nielsen Co. has told an Illinois federal court that there's no merit to claims that it charged exorbitant rates to a production company owned by media mogul Byron Allen, because the ratings giant simply charged the rates agreed on by the two sophisticated parties.

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DEALS

Dorsey & Whitney, Locke Lord Steer $30M Pot Co. Loan

Cannabis company Verano Holdings and a Chicago-based marijuana investor announced Wednesday that they have inked a $30 million loan to fund acquisitions and expansions in a deal steered by Dorsey & Whitney LLP and Locke Lord LLP.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Law Firm Strategies For Publicizing Laterals Amid Lockdowns

With business development dinners and social events no longer viable for new lateral hires, law firms need a refreshed game plan — one that fully exploits the digital landscape, say Andrew Longstreth and Jesse Dungan at Infinite Global and Michael Coston at Coston Consulting.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Why Major Markets May See An Exodus Of Associates

The coronavirus pandemic is driving demand among associates to move away from the large legal markets like New York in favor of living and working in places like Denver, Charlotte and Detroit, where the cost of living is lower and family is often closer, according to legal recruiters.

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Feature

Push For Diploma Privilege Unites Law Grads Nationwide

A campaign by recent law school graduates seeking diploma privilege began, at least in part, with a single Facebook comment.

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Legal Work's In-House Shift Shows No Sign Of Slowing

Before the pandemic, legal departments were moving more work in-house and relying less on outsourcing, and industry experts predict this trend will continue long after the crisis wanes because of cost savings and the increasing sophistication of corporate teams.

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COVID-19 Accelerating Growth Of Class Action Cases

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated shutdowns and economic fallout have led to more than 500 class action lawsuits, particularly insurance-related and education refund suits, according to a new survey from Carlton Fields.

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Virus Prompts Del. To Move Bar Exam To State Fairgrounds

Those taking the bar exam in Delaware this year will do so at a new location because of the COVID-19 pandemic, with officials announcing Wednesday that the exam will be held at the state fairgrounds from Sept. 9 to 11.

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Jones Day Calls Family Leave Suit 'The Apex Of Absurdity'

Jones Day has defended a public statement it released last year disparaging the married former associates who are challenging the firm's family leave policy, arguing Wednesday that the couple's claim the statement was illegally retaliatory pushes the suit to the "apex of absurdity."

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Witnesses' Screens Off Limits While Testifying Remotely

Witnesses in a whistleblower case against King & Spalding LLP don't have to share their computer screens while they testify remotely, a New York federal judge ruled Wednesday, turning aside a former employee's concern that lawyers representing the firm could secretly try to coach deponents.

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Reps. Advance Dem Budget Bills For DOJ, Judiciary

House panels on Wednesday advanced Democratic budget bills that would boost funding for civil rights investigations and federal public defenders, aid immigrants, and push state and local governments to change policing practices in a way that Republicans charged would effectively defund the police.

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DA Slams Judge's 'Childish' Street Fight But Forgoes Charges

Prosecutors declined to bring charges on claims that a New York state judge and his wife attacked their Buffalo neighbors in late June, with the Erie County district attorney saying "all parties were equally childish."

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Insurer Says It Needn't Cover Atty Linked To $7.4M Fraud

StarStone Specialty Insurance Co. is asking a Florida federal court to cancel an insurance policy it issued to Private Advising Group PA, saying the group knew when it sought coverage that it might face a suit over its founder's connection to a $7.4 million fraud case, but lied on its application.

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Ex-Del. Chief Justice Strine Joins Columbia, Penn Law

Retired Delaware Chief Justice Leo E. Strine Jr. added a pair of new and prestigious academic appointments to his long record on Wednesday, picking up distinguished scholar positions at both Columbia Law School and the University of Pennsylvania's Carey Law School.

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Interview

Law Firm Leaders: Gunderson Dettmer's David Young

David Young has served as the managing partner of Gunderson Dettmer since 2019. Here, he chats with Law360 about how the Silicon Valley firm has evolved since being formed, its operation and deal volume during the coronavirus pandemic, and where he sees the firm going in the next five years.

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